2017-02-15 / Society

Upcoming events at Kolomoki State Park

President’s Day weekend is Feb. 17-20 and lots of events have been planned at Kolomoki Mounds State Park. Join the park rangers and AmeriCorps for these exciting programs.

The park will offer “Blow Darts and Long Bows” at the Visitor Center Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Try your hand at a real long bow and blow darts so that you can fully experience the lives of the ancient peoples. No registration is required.

From 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. join others at Group Shelter 1 for some “Ancient Art.” There will be ochre paint and clay available to practice your skills. Cost is $2 per person.

The Visitor Center will offer talk about the keystone species the gopher tortoise from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. There will be live animals to observe.

Sunday, Feb. 19 archery for beginners will be offered for a two hour class beginning at 1 p.m. Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Equipment needed will be provided and you will be hitting the bullseye in no time. Pre-registration is required and please arrive 5 minutes early to go over the rules and safety requirements. Spaces are limited and is open for kids ages 9 and up, $10 per person. Please call 229- 724-2150 to register.

After archery, enjoy a history hike and learn about President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps who helped build Kolomoki Mounds. The hike will start at Lake Yohola parking lot at 3:30 p.m. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water.

During the evening, both Saturday and Sunday, a hike and stargazing will be offered at the mounds. Meet at Group Shelter 2 parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Star charts and moon binoculars will be available and ready for star viewing from the top of the mound. Please bring flashlights with red lens, wear warm clothes, and closed-toe shoes. No pets please.

All events listed will require each vehicle to have a $5 parking pass. For more information call 229-724-2150 or visit www.gastateparks.org/ko lomokimounds.

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